Thursday, June 19, 2008

AT LAST! The Kitchen Nook is Done!

YEAH! The Kitchen Nook is finished! Please click on any picture to enlarge for detail (The Before picture might not enlarge, but all of the rest will).


In the before picture above, you can see the hutch that is now painted red and in my dining room, see here. The wall color has been changed. This color was called Oak Cask and we lived with it for a year, before we decided it was a little too dark. It has been repainted in the AFTER pictures Straw Doll, from Sherwin Williams.

The picture below is a before picture of the hutch that is now in the kitchen nook. We removed the glass inserts and replaced them with chicken wire, painted it black and added red toile fabric to the background (Manuela from The Feathered Nest gave me that idea).


In the after picture above, you can see we now have painted the walls a lighter shade of yellow, added the different hutch, different table, chairs and bench. The hutch, drop leaf farm table and bench came from different antique stores. The chairs are new. We purchased them unfinished and painted them the same color I painted the table. I painted the bench and hutch black.
I purchased the yellow buffalo check valances from Country Curtains and added the red toile and black checked ties. They are tied to vintage door knobs that I found in an antique store. The chandelier was purchased from Lowe's 2 years ago. I recovered the shades with the same material that is on the chair and bench cushions.
These pillows and cushions were made for me by Shelley of Judd Home Decor. She is wonderful to work with and it was all done via email!

A closer look at the chicken wire on the hutch.

The three prints above the hutch are from the very talented Teresa from French Poppy. I love the French Country look they create!

This picture is taken from standing in my living room. The grandfather clock is new. I love the way it looks with the black painted furniture.
Close up above of the new pillows.

The ceramic pears and apples were purchased from Pier One about 8 years ago. The cookbook behind is the one that has Kijsa's art on the front cover.
This sweet tassel hanging from my hutch is from Rosie at Rosie's Whimsy. It looks so good in my refluffed kitchen nook!
The adorable bird on the nest inside my cloche is from Kathy at Kathy's Cottage. Doesn't she look good there?
Both the checked plates and rooster plates are ebay purchases.
Remember here when I said my dining room and kitchen nook sat on either side of my kitchen? The picture above I am standing in the kitchen nook, looking through the kitchen to the dining room.

The picture above, I am standing in my dining room, looking through the kitchen to the kitchen nook. We have an open floor plan in our house and you can pretty much see into the living room, dining room, kitchen nook and den from each of those rooms.

Well, I hope you enjoyed the pictures. Whew! Am I glad that is done. Now I need to decide if I want to paint my bedroom furniture or refluff the back porch....hmmmm. Oh Wait! I forgot, I still have to paint and mosaic the buffet in the dining room...


Beverly said...

Penny, it looks fantastic.

I love your cabinet. The chicken wire, the red toile and your black and white dishes are all perfect together.

And, the window treatment is wonderful. I have never seen that done with the knobs.

The bench and the table and chairs make such a cozy setting. Everything is perfect.

I know you must love just going to look at your fantastic completed project.

Carey said...

Your nook looks so inviting. I love the colors you chose. And I love what you did with the hutch. I never would have thought to do that. How did you attach the chicken wire. Nicely done!

Jan & Tom's Place said...

So pretty...just love the combination of the red, yellow and black. It was such a good idea to brighten the yellow!

I also love what you did to the now black/chicken-wired cabinet, as well as the red painted hutch.



Glenda~Many Fond Memories said...


Everything turned out just wonderful. I like the chicken wire on the hutch nice touch.
I love the red it really perks up the space.

You did well my dear everything looks great.


Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Everything looks really changed it up a lot and that takes courage. I commend you for not quitting in the middle or going back to "familiar." Now you're rewarded with a much fresher, brighter look (and it already looked good)...

Connie said...

Yesssssss, I enjoyed it immensely!! That room should be in a magazine. It's beautiful.......

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Penny your place looks fantastic!!! You should be very proud. You just make us all want to work. There is a never ending list. I really like the painted furniture, the lamp shades and all the nice decor from the different shops.
You have a Blessed Day and rest up,

Beverly said...

Penny, I forgot to mention that you won my giveaway for The Prophet. Please e-mail me your address, and I will get it in the mail to you.

Thanks for being such a loyal visitor and friend.

~~ATTIC CLUTTER~~ said...

Oh Penny that turned out ''so way- wonderful -cool''(:)
Love it the reds, yellows, blacks and all the pillows and decor ~!!
You did a wonderful job..
AND glad you came over, ya I know the sisterhood is just the best thing..friends being equal to sisters..Big hugs Patty

Kathleen Grace said...

Penny, I love this one even more than the dining room! Isn't it amazing how, painted black, the hutch actually looks brighter and more open than when it was brown? I think the chicken wire has something to do with that. The touches of red toile are fabulous with the black and light yellow. It all looks so beautiful, I love those colors and everything in this area. You must be so pleased:>)

LW said...

It all came out so wonderful..
I love the colors...!!!!!
I love the hutch..
I love the look....


Manuela said...

It turned out really great! Love the toile shades trimed with the gingham and the pillows are fantastic. The cabinet looks great - I have those checkered plates too - they're very versatile and I love them as a background to the rooster plate.
It all turned out really pretty!


Donna said...

It looks fabulous, Penny! I love how you did the hutch with the chicken wire, and I love the grandfather clock. It all looks so inviting and I love the colors you chose.
Your floor plan is wonderful.


Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Oh, how lovely!!! Love the chicken wire, Penny! The whole room looks great, how much fun to give it a whole new personality and look! Great work, now you can sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy it!

Thanks for sharing (and for coming to tell me it was posted so I wasn't the last one here!)

Happy happy day,

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Penny, I just love your nook! Yellow and red are my favorite colors--and I could have named my children Toile and Pom pom! (I'm sure they're glad I didn't!) Just lovely!

Connie said...

Oh, Miss Penny, thanks for the lovely comment, sweetpea! I did that shopping at Goodwill and Youth Ranch here in Idaho. I'm thrilled over what I got this week, my little munchkin.....
Connie said...

Wow! It's absolutely beautiful! And the perfect place to sit and have a spot of tea! I'm so happy for you - a beautiful kitchen, the heart of the home, makes everyone happy! xo, Nan

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

This is fantastic! Your blend of colors and patterns is just right. I love this homey look. Don't know which I love most, that gorgeous green hutch, the little black bench, the sweet, I just love it all! It was worth the wait to see how it turned out!


Lib said...

Penny, It is Beautiful!

Alaura said...

Penny; What can I say, it is all so darling. You did such a great job, you should be proud of yourself. I just love all the fabric's and colors. Like I said before you have such and eye for detail. Love it!!


Alison Gibbs said...

Penny that is fabulous.

Shellmo said...

Wow - I would love to be in that room! The colors are fantastic - loved the bench w/ the beautiful pillows. You have exquisite taste.

Janet said...


Great job seeing thru that 40s Regency look and ending up with a country Fench piece. Nothing like a little chicken wire to make something appear a la Francaise. Love the colors and the whole look. Great job.


Rhondi said...

Hi Penny
Everything turned out great. I'm sure you must be so happy with it! I love all your color choices. Oh and The Screen Door loooks like a great store to visit.
Hugs, Rhondi

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Penny!!!!! Oh be still my heart!!!! My, my, my!!!! I don't even know where to start! I LOVE everything! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!! (I think I just drooled on my keyboard). Yep. I definitely did.


Meggie said...

Love the redo, Penny. Who would have thought that chicken wire could look so charming? The lighter color on the walls looks very pretty. The valance and your new pillows add a nice finishing touch.

Brook said...

Amazing makeover Penny! Beautiful!


Teresa Sheeley ~ French Poppy said...

It's just beautiful!! I love all of the colors very much. And the chicken wire cabinet, perfect! I can almost smell a loaf of baquette baking in your oven now! :)


Anonymous said...

Ugh, I am soooooo jealous! You did an amazing job of putting everything together. I can't believe how well both the hutches turned out and how much better they look painted.

Thank you for emailing me the brand of the red paint, now, I have another question. What color/brand is the black paint and is it flat or satin paint. I was thinking about painting some furniture white, but now, I'm liking your black and red.


Adrienne said...

Penny -
That looks great! You did a good job. It was worth waiting for to see all the wonderful things you did in your nook. I think it's just waiting for us to arrive to sit there and visit!

Betty Jo said...

How beautiful your kitchen nook and dining room are. Gorgeous refluff (love that word)! I visited the Screen Door in Asheville once with a friend. It was a fun place to explore. xoxo

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Penny!
It looks fabulous! I love the look of what you've done! it all ties together so nicely. I love to see the flow of things. Your choices are perfect and the details are lovely!
Great job Penny!!
Thanks for your prayers concerning my Mom. She is moving to her new "home" Sunday and we couldn't be happier!
Hugs, SHerry

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

WOW! I LOVE IT~~~~ All week I was looking forward in seeing your new room and then I was gone for a couple of days so I was late (SO SAD) It is just beautiful. What kind of black paint did you use?for your hutch? I Love the yellow paint on your walls. I was thinking about changing my tan walls to a yellow. (not soon but someday) I like the yellow next to your dark cabinets. I think that your the only blogger tht has cabinets like I do. Did you change your kitchen from your alley kitchen? Okay now I am looking forward in seeing your mosic cabinet!

JoAnne said...

All I can say is WOW! Everything is beautiful and it was definitely worth the wait to see it. I love how you decorate with items made by other bloggers. It is such a personal touch. Smiles, JoAnne

TinaTx said...

Your refluffed nook looks fab! Everything just looks wonderful. Love what you did with the hutch.

I've been haunting the antique places around here for a drop-leaf table like that for my kitchen. I'll find one eventually!

DEBBIE G. said...

Penny....WOW! I LOVE it!!! Its darling & cozey & I love the colors!!!! All the extra little touches you add are sooo charming!!! What great ideas you've given us!!! LOL
Its truly beautufil & all your hard work has been worth it!!!!
Now....sit back & drink your tea & relax!!!!

PAT said...

It's beautiful, Penny. I love all the furniture pieces and the fabrics are fabulous! Lovely grandfather clock, also!

Great job!
Have a wonderful weekend.

I'm going to have a look at your Screen Door post, now. I loved my visit there, last December.


Diana Lyn said...

Miss Penny, I love what you did with everything! I especially love the pillows and the chicken wire! XO Diana Lyn

Barb said...

Penny, I am drooling. What a beautiful space you have created.
You know, I loved the pics the way it was but this is stunning. I'm thinking you need a side business of decorating!
Love it, love it, love it.

many hugs to you,

Anna said...

Penny, I love your new nook! Thanks so much for stopping by my new blog. You were the first to leave a comment. Yeah for you :) I love your mosaic work! I will be a regular to your blog for ideas about remodeling and decorating our "Rusty Cottage". I looke forward to more posts. God bless you!!!

bj said...

OOOOOO, have done a magnificent job...Oooo LaLa, for sure. You have finally got the Country French you love so much.
I had chicken wire in my black hutch once, yrs ago...then, for some reason, wanted glass...well, guess what?? Now, I want Chicken wire's looks so cute. And, of course, I have to have a Rosie Tassel
xo bj

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Stunning, just stunning Penny! That is all I can say! I love every detail! And look at our talented blog friends work!! Just fabulous! I agree, it should be in a magazine and something tells me it will!

love ya,

Deborah said...

I just love the way you refluffed everything! I especially love your valance and those pillows are fabulous!


Pink Icing on the Cake said...

Penny, your home is definitely ready for Country Home to come and take their photographs. It looks amazing, job well done!!


Michelle said...


Your home is beautiful and very welcoming~I love all the special touches..


Desperate Diva said...

Penny, YOU have done a fabulous job with it ALL....IT's just so pretty. You must be REALLY tired.

Kick back now and enjoy all your hard work....BEFORE....starting on your next project.

Hugs to you and Kent,

Tara said...


How nice that you have incorporated your blogging world into your kitchen! This looks great, love all the colors and the combination of things. What a great place to spend time!

Pat said...

Penny it all looks so wonderfully country french -- so bright, cozy and inviting. You did a fantastic job! I love all the windows in your kitchen "nook" The chicken wire idea is so cute and your china and accessories really display so well behind it. The pillows and other blogger crafts all go together so well. Kudos! Enjoy it all!
Hugs, Pat

Jen said...

You have done a WONDERFUL job! I love the whole new look :) Stop by and see me sometime! Have a great weeekend!


~Red Tin Heart~ said...

Totally gorgeous! I love the new look. xoxo Nita

Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

I have not read any of the other comments, I usually do. But 49, that is just crazy! And it is almost midnight, I would be here until 1 AM. Your redo is just wonderful. The color change was the right thing to do. The valances are beautiful. Everything looks great! It is a big change from beige on beige. The view from your windows isn't bad either.
I am sure I can find a few ideas to use in my kitchen/dinning area!

Cami said...

Bravo Penny! It's unbelievable!!! Just love it! And good luck w/ those chiggers. They're running rampant here. The chickens help a lot, but we've been suffering!

Cottage Contessa said...

Oh Penny! The room was beautiful before but now it's just gorgeous! An awesome make over sweetie, but then again how could it not be with such a talented lady like yourself! Have a fantastic weekend dear friend!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Utah Grammie said...

What a sunny and bright place to be! You did so well - I just want to sit with a cuppa tea and enjoy!

SilverBell Cottage said...

It looks so cottage sweet! And how cool that Asheville was in this issue of Victoria.
Big hugs ~

KarenHarveyCox said...

TA DAH...........Wow, what a gorgeous job, every inch of detail spells beautiful. This must have been so much work, and yet so rewarding as you stand back now and admire your and Mr. Lavender's labor. A labor of love I am sure. I love how Kathy's bird is the highlight of your table and that your hutch is filled with those colorful and vibrant dishes. So beautiful, Penny, enjoy. Karen

~~ATTIC CLUTTER~~ said...

Penny I am so honored to have you say you ''love coming to my blog''..when you are so VERY talented and have such a fabulous blog yourself(:) So sweet of you ..Thanks~!!
big fat hugs Patty

Sugar Bear said...

Just back from vacation and catching up. LOVE what you have done to your dining room and kitchen. Both are fabulous!

Rosehaven Cottage said...

How absolutely charming! You have captured the essense of French country perfectly. It feels homey and warm yet has a flare of elegance and sophistication. Great job, Penny!

Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

Mary said...

Oh Penny, what fun! That looks fantastic!!! French Country is such an inviting style, and I absolutely love all those fabulous fabrics. :) thanks for sharing it all with us.

Rosanne said...

I love the results of your 'refluffing', the kitchen nook and dining room look absolutely wonderful!

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...


Just needed another peek at that yumminess :)


Rue said...

Penny, you did a beautiful job in here too, but I couldn't have painted that furniture. You are far more brave than I ;)

rue (aka chicken little)

Rosie's Whimsy said...

So fantastic! What a marvelous job you did! I love the chicken wire.

I have two pieces of furniture to replace this year ( my stuff were heirlooms that went to kids new homes) and I am so thinking I should be brave and try redoing something from a second hand store...hmmmmm

:-) Rosie

Teresa @ PlumWater Cottage said...


Your new fluffed and fancied rooms are just gorgeous. So much hard work, but oh so worth it.

Catherine Holman said...

What a wonderful transformation! You deserve a little time away. Have a great time!

pammiejo said...

I love it all! My favorite thing is your hutch redo - so very cute!! If I could find one, I'd do the same thing - I have not one place to put it, but I'd find somewhere! It takes courage to paint over wood but I like it! Congratulations, you creative lady!

Mona said...

Penny, I love your refluffed kitchen nook. It looks so cheerful, casual and comfy now. I could definitely enjoy sitting in there with a cup of tea and cookies looking at all of your new pretties. You and your DH did a find job!

Sharon Kay said...

Love your new look and like the chicken wire on the hutch. I also like the pillows. My favorite colors together are red black and white. Looks so good............

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Hi Penny! You sure need a little break after having done allll that hard work! Everything is just fantastic and oh-so-pretty! LOVE the hutch and all of the pretty coordinated things.


Jen r. said...

Hi Penny, I have to say you did an amazing job! I love it. I bet you are so pleased. It was worth the wait! ;)
Jen r

Susie Q said...

Oh Penny! I am so in love with this. It could not be prettier or warmer or just any more fun.
The color choices, the fabrics, the new paints and oh! That chicken wire!!!
Each little bit and bob is sheer perefction. Oooh..that clock is amazing and just so perfect for the spaces.
Okay, so I am a teesy bit green with envy, I am thrilled to death for YOU!! You did an amazing job!


Nancy said...

Glad I found this blog!!! love everything and I mean everything. I found some inspiration! Love the birds nest sitting on the tea cup!
I would love to add you to my blog and would love to be added to yours. let me know if thats okay. Nancy

Sue said...

Hi Penny,
Just stopped by to say hi and now I get to see your make over. Wow, you did a great job. Everything looks so fresh and pretty. I love the chicken wire in the cabinet and well.....everything.

Miss Sandy said...

The redo is fabu! Love all your choices. It looks so inviting!

Sugarplum Cottage said...

Oh what a difference, such a great idea for the hutch. Love all the red toile too. My kitchen & family room is red and yellow and I never tire of it. I simply adore the white heart. I have a table I'm gonna try to do. Wish me luck because I'v never done any of this before. Hugs, Rose

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Penny, what a fabulous job you did! It looks amazing!

Barbara Jacksier said...

I now I'm a bit late to the party, so to speak, but I just had to comment... super redo! You've been busy while I've been away! Simply gorgeous!

Judy said...

Your kitchen is incredible! Love the "after" pictures, you did a great job!

Thanks for dropping by my blog....I've been a bad blogger lately and I hope to get caught up with everyone soon.